Recognition of distinction award, 2021: Professor Christopher Beem

Date 16 December 2021

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Beem on receiving the title of full Professor in the University of Oxford's 2021 Recognition of Distinction Awards.

Maths Fellow Christopher Beem has been awarded the title of Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Professor Beem studies mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and string theory. His current research focuses on the algebraic properties of supersymmetric and superconformal quantum field theories. He is a principal investigator in the Simons Collaboration on the Nonperturbative Bootstrap and the recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant for his project Algebraic Foundations of Supersymmetric Quantum Field Theory.

Professor Beem has recently written in this year’s issue of TW, the College’s annual magazine, on the mathematics of quantum field theory, and in particular the algebraic structures that underpin strongly interacting quantum systems.

Recognition of Distinction Awards are assessed using three criteria:

  • an ongoing research record which is characterised by a significant influence on the field of study and is of a high order of excellence and of international standing, and the quality of which in terms of research distinction is at least equal to that expected of those appointed to full professorships at other leading international research universities.
  • a record of effective teaching for the University and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of the University post and the college fellowship, where one is held.
  • a record of involvement in University and/or college administration and demonstrable competence in such administration.

See further information about Professor Beem’s research here